The MIT sailing team finished sixth this week in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. Senior co-captains John M. “Jack” Field ’08 and Julie C. Arsenault ’08 sailed in the B division boat, while Brooks L. Reed ’09 was the skipper for the A division boat with Elizabeth A. Hass ’10 on crew. Gabriel B. Cira ’08 also crewed with
Brooks a few times during the competition.
Competing for over three days in Newport, R.I., the team got off to a great start, finishing the first day in fourth out of the field of 18. Despite a few rough finishes at the start of the second day, the team began to build momentum. As friends and family cheered from the nearby Fort Adams State Park, MIT ended the second day in sixth place.
Field and Arsenault, who had a string of five straight top-six finishes during the second day, won the 18th and final race of the competition. The duo finished fourth overall in the B division with a score of 137.
Reed and Hass also performed well in the A division, concluding the championships in 12th place overall with 175.
Georgetown University won the national championship with a total score of 238, followed by Boston College, St. Mary’s College, Roger Williams University, and Connecticut College. MIT’s score of 312 placed the team comfortably in sixth place among the very competitive field. The competition was hosted by New York Yacht Club, Brown University, and Salve Regina University.